March 3, 2010

Family Chart

We have a family night each week.  It gets confusing to remember who is in charge of what - we used to have a chart, but it was so long ago that 2 of our kids weren't even on the chart.  Time for something new!  This was sooo easy - I just whipped it up during naptime this afternoon.  I found a spare board and some random washers in our garage and went from there.     First, the paint brush I was using had a bunch of black paint still on it, so I painted the edges black so I wouldn't have to wash too much off the brush.  Then I painted the middle green to match my walls.  I hot-glued on some washers - I only had a couple of big ones which meant that in some places I needed to use 2.  Then I painted on the words - I know vinyl lettering would have looked better, but eh, it gives it that handcrafted look, right? 
Now, time to make the tags - grab anything you want and put a magnet on the back.  A more polished look would be names on cardstock, but I went with the fun approach.  Each child got to choose an animal - you buy these little wood things prepainted at Joanns or Michaels.  Super easy.  And yes, I'm the elephant with the big booty - and my hubby picked it out!  He came back and said "I got an elephant for you" - I just stared at him - really, an elephant?!  He offered to switch, but there was no turning back - I like to razz him about it.  For magnets you can use anything - I used the self-adhesive magnetic strips.
Stick everyone on in the right place, and voila, done!  This is tailored to our family needs, but there are so many possiblilites - chore charts, assigments for family movie night (who picks the movie, treat, etc), etc.  Go make yourself one - you can do this!

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3 Fabulous Comments:

Cute and original. Love it!

cute idea! I may have to use this one with the chore chart idea. Very fun!

That is such a great idea...Right now we don't have that problem but I know we will when our baby gets old enough to understand what is going on. I am goign to store this in the back of my brain :)
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